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As lockdown restrictions ease and we start to consider travelling again, the future of cross-Channel operator Eurostar remains uncertain.
Eurostar is seeking financial support from the UK Government, citing higher access charges here as a reason.
The French Government has pledged to provide support for the operator, while £200 million has been provided by one of its shareholders, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure.
Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
So: Should the UK Government provide financial assistance to Eurostar?

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Siemens Class 700s for GN this Autumn

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Class 700s will enter traffic on the Great Northern this Autumn. 

The introduction is planned in two stages. Initially two 12-car Class 700/1s will replace two sets of three four-car Class 365s on trains between Peterborough and London King’s Cross (the ‘365s’ run as 12-car formations).

Early next year eight eight-car Class 700/0s will replace ‘365s’ on the GN. Beyond that, details have yet to be confirmed.

  • For more details, read RAIL 835, published on September 13.

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 31/08/2017 10:16

    And also next year. 25 6-Car Class 717's are also to be built and to be delivered so it can replace the 3-car Class 313's used on the Moorgate line between Moorgate-Hertford North, Moorgate-Stevenage and Moorgate-Letchworth Garden City services via Hertford North.

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